Jaipur is a colorful city in India known for its pink historic buildings, vibrant shopping scenes, lively alleyways, and many unique attractions. While Jaipur itself is a popular tourist destination in the Indian state of Rajasthan, this city is surrounded by many other unique cities and historic places that you can explore on a weekend trip. Learn about the brave Rajputana culture and its kings in the many palaces and heritage sights around the city of Jaipur. There are also amazing national parks where you can witness the wild animals of India in their natural habitat. Below is a list of top weekend trips from Jaipur, Rajasthan.
1. Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park is located at just 118 mi (191 km) from the city of Jaipur. This park was once a royal hunting ground and now a reserved forest area that is home to wild animals like leopards, tigers, and Indian marsh crocodiles. This national forest also houses the Ranthambore Fort that was built in the 10th-century on a hilltop. There is also a Ganesh Mandir Temple and Padam Talab Lake on the premises of this park. Other notable sights to explore in this national park are Jogi Mahal and Kachida Valley.
2. New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital of India and is home to numerous historic buildings from the Mughal period and British Colonial Era. It also houses the historic homes of notable Indian leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Other interesting sights to visit in New Delhi include Birla Mandir, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Rashtrapathi Bhawan, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid. This city was planned and formed during the British Colonial Era under King George V in 1911. New Delhi is located 162 mi (260 km) away from Jaipur.
Bharatpur is a beautiful city with a mix of rich Indian history and scenic beauty. Located at just 114 mi (184 km) away from the pink city, this Rajasthani city is home to the famous Lohagarh Fort built in the 18th-century housing a moat. Today this fort serves as a history-telling museum educating people about the tales of the valiant kings of the region. You will also be able to find Hindu deity sculptures at Ganga Mandir and Laxman Mandir sandstone temples. Another notable spot in this city is Keoladeo National Park that is an important bird sanctuary.
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Ajmer is a beautiful Indian city in the state of Rajasthan located just 84 mi (135 km) from Jaipur. This city is known for its historic Sufi and Mughal influence. The city is home to a 16th-century palace built by emperor Akbar. The city is also home to Ana Sagar Lake a man-made water body offering scenic views. Another must-see place in Ajmer is the Ajmer Shariff Durgah, which is a holy shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Garib Nawaz. You can also check out the Ajmer Jain Temple which is another prominent sight in this city.
5. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
When speaking of the best weekend trips in northern India, one cannot miss the city of love. Agra is a beautiful city in Uttar Pradesh state of India that is home to one of the seven wonders of the world and a universal symbol of love, Taj Mahal. This city is located at a distance of 148 mi (237 km) from Jaipur and is also home to Agra Fort. These two historic buildings were built during the period of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. You can also check out the stunning views of the Yamuna River, Akbar Tomb, Itma-ul-Daula, and Mehtab Bagh.
Mandawa is a historic town located 118 mi (190 km) from Jaipur that is known for its forts and Havelis. This town is home to more than 10 Havelis that serve as open-art galleries showcasing the 100s of years of history of the region. The notable Havelis in this town are Sewaram Saraf Haveli, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli, Aakharam ka Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Ram Pratap Nemani Haveli and so on. Go on a Haveli-hopping tour in this stunning town.
Bikaner is situated 190 mi (334 km) from Jaipur and is another notable historic town that shares a part of its eastern borders with Pakistan. This town is surrounded by Thar Desert, the largest desert in India. You can explore the 16th-century architectural marvel of Junagarh Fort in this city. Other notable places include Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace, National Research Center on Camels, Seth Bhandesar Jain Temple, and Devi Kund Sagar.
Pushkar is a sacred Hindu town featuring 52 ghats, 100s of temples and Pushkar Lake. This town is also home to the 14th century Jagatpita Brahma Mandir for the Hindu god of creation. This temple is a rare and one-of-a-kind place in India where you can witness Lord Brahma with his red spire. Other notable places include Savitri Mata Temple, Rangji Temple, and Varaha Temple. Go on a holy pilgrimage to the sacred city of Pushkar from Jaipur located just 93 mi (150 km) away.
Chittorgarh is a beautiful Rajasthani city that is home to the majestic Chittor Fort that was built in the 7th-century. This fort houses the Vijaya Stambh (tomb of Victory) that was built using sandstone and white marbles. Vijaya Stambh offers breathtaking views of the city and the fort’s moat. You can reach this spectacular city 208 mi (336 km) south-west to the city of Jaipur.
Jodhpur is the second-largest city in the Rajasthani state and is a walled city that houses a 15th-century palace on a rocky outcrop. The notable sights in this beautiful city are Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Kaylana Lake, and Bal Samad Lake. Jodhpur is 222 mi (358 km) away from the city of Jaipur.
Explore the amazing historic cities around Jaipur
Jaipur is located centrally to most of the historic palace cities and towns of Rajasthan. These cities and their architectural wonders will simply put you in a state of awe. A weekend trip to the incredible and historic sights of India from Jaipur is a must-do on any traveler’s bucket list.
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